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Clan Analogue History: The Early Years

THE EARLY YEARS (1992 TO 1996)
. Brendan Palmer
. Sharif Hansa
. James McParlane
. Jasper Russell
. Toby Kazumichi Grime

The Evil Brotherhood of Mutants (EBOM), a warehouse on Cleveland St, was home to several early Clansters including Toby Grime, Adam Pierce, Tom MacIntyre, James McPharlane, Pierre Stockx, Ellie (DJ Lushpuppy) and Ian Andrews. Many early Clan meetings took place in the warehouse. This is a home built FM transmitter aerial that was installed at the EBOM warehouse to enable ‘silent’ doofs in the audiences’ headphones.

Clan artists such as Moo have even gone to the extreme of making their own analogue step sequencers…DIY (Do-it-yourself) in its purest form. Moo presented synth-building workshops in Melbourne and Canberra in 1995 and 1996.

Events of Note

. Inaugural Clan Analogue live event at Site nightclub called ‘Sensory Peak’ Featuring artists Telharmoneom, Puzzle, Vynil Sadist, DJ Ding A nightclub featuring a hord of analogue boffins belting out live techno from 909s, 808s, samplers etc was a raw sight in those days. Even on this first night, contacts were made that were to prove crucial to the next few years of the collective.
. Bog Moog’s Birthday – Clan hosts 12 hour festival of live electronic music at Sydney Park The man who was responsible for the commercially viable analogue synth equipment gets a salute at this event in the rolling hills of a beautiful Sunday in Sydney. This event was one of many that were to be carried out in the park along with the Vibe Tribe, Punos and other collectives, until party people were met with ugly hostility by a barrage of police one night. RIP.

. Hosted stage at The Big Day Out Electronic music breaks into Australia’s most respected rock festival. Clan Analogue also co-host the internet room situated next door. Clan’s diverse palette of electronica proves to be a bit too adventurous for some Sydney journalists. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.
. Supported OnU Sound National Tour – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, North Coast. Live acts, DJ_s and visuals. When OnU’s sampler broke at the Sydney gig, they immediately turned to us for support. “Sorry, we only use Mellotrons, can’t stick a disk in that”
. Live events at NSW Art Gallery and Goethe Institut as part of the European minimalist music project Resulting in a 30min video release featuring the audio of Scott Art, Brendan Palmer, Kazumichi Grime and Anthony Bannister along with experimental video by Jason Gee, Adam Pierce and Emile Rasheed.
. DJ Zeitgeist represents Clan Analogue at the E-Werk Festival of electronic music in Berlin
. Clan hosts ‘Electronic’ club night at Bentley bar Featuring weekly live events

. Hosted Decadome stage at Big Day Out Clan Analogue acts get up on the big stage at the big event. Noted by the press as one of the highlight rooms of that years Big Day Out. Large video wall sized projects and slides filled one of Sydney’s most historic venues along with the latest live sounds form the collective.
. JJJ Mix-UP Appearance B(if)tek, Nowzero, Bass Bitch, Lush Puppy. Live to air electronic music and DJ_ing from Clan’s best.
. Produced weekly club night ‘Electronic’ at Mr Goodbar Featuring live acts and DJ_s on two floors each Wednesday. An awesome series of nights that quickly became the place to be on a Wednesday night, riding to full capacity nearly every week.

. Hosted live outdoor stage at Big Day Out
. Supported Young Gods (Swedish) National Tour
. JJJ Mix-Up appearance Telemetry Orchestra, Hypnoblob, Dark Network. Live to air electronic music and DJ_ing from Clan’s best.
. Produced one-off club night ‘Crunch’ at Sublime to a packed audience

Above is a historical Clan Analogue meeting flier from the private collection of Brendan Palmer

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